It’s here. Party season is upon us.
We have the Spring Carnival, warmer summer nights inevitably leading to more social evenings, and Christmas and New Year a stone’s throw away.
And while it can be tempting to dive headfirst into each and every outing, it’s important we take a small step back and make sure we are on top of our health – mind, body and soul – to ensure we can last the distance, rather than crashing and burning after our first month of events.
Here are our top wellness tips to ensure smooth sailing into party season – covering everything from hangovers, to avoiding burnout, to your beauty regime and ensuring that ‘summer glow’.
If you know you have a big week or month ahead, it is so important you schedule time for rest. In fact, make rest just as important a priority as exercise and eating well – especially if you plan on drinking or staying out late.
Sleep is key to optimum wellbeing, and can alleviate stress levels, help with weight loss and even prevent wrinkles! If you know you are going to have a late one, or that you may be getting less shut-eye than you would like, be sure to make time each day for some down time. That could be a nap on the couch in the afternoon, a Sunday sleep in, or even 30 minutes with a tea and a good book.
Whatever ensures you are truly ‘switched off’ – prioritise it every day, to ensure you can keep your energy levels high when you head on out!
BEAUTY FROM WITHIN
We are all seeking that summer glow, especially during party season. There is nothing worse than a breakout or challenging skin right before a wedding or other big social event. Be sure to take extra care of your skin – it is your largest organ after all!
Keep it hydrated by drinking plenty of water (especially if you plan on drinking alcohol) and load up on organic whole foods: fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds and healthy fats like coconut oil or olive oil. Add in a sustainable piece of protein, and you have yourself a rounded meal that will leave your skin glowing from the inside out.
Also be sure to take extra care of your gut health – speak to a naturopath about the best probiotic to take to support your gut microbiome. Healthy tummy = healthy skin.
Of course, schedule a facial with one of our beauty experts to really give your skin the added boost of hydration and support it needs coming into party season.
Here are our top 5 treatment options for any party season.
Rather than leaving things to the last minute and risking a stress attack, ensure you have a good idea when it comes to transport to and from events, and what the dress code is (if you are attending a wedding).
These little bits of information may not seem like a big deal in the lead up, but you can thank us later when you find yourself stranded in a country town at 1am with no Ubers in site and blisters all over your feet.
(Speaking of, take bandaids everywhere. And those gel cushions for your feet. Months of no heels will have you limping after an hour if you don’t plan in advance!)
IF IT’S NOT A HELL YES, IT’S A NO
Chances are you are going to be inundated in the lead up to Christmas with events – work events, friend’s weddings and birthdays, and general social outings. That is all well and good, especially if you take our advice above, but it is so important to only say ‘yes’ to attending the events you truly want to.
All too often we say yes out of obligation, and then are left feeling drained, lethargic and resenting the event that we really should have said no to in the first place. Saying no doesn’t make you a bad person – especially if your energy is running low.
Remember whenever you get invited somewhere – if it’s not a ‘Hell yes!’ in your mind, the answer is a no.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT…AND DRINK
Party season goes hand in hand with eating, drinking and being merry – which is fine, when in moderation and balance. If you are a conscious drinker, stick to the one beverage, preferably something that will still keep you hydrated, and with low sugar intake – vodka, lime and sodas are the perfect option.
Be sure to keep up your water intake even if you plan on a big night. This will keep your body hydrated, and also ward of a hangover the next day.
Eat a big healthy meal before any outing, especially if you are not sure about the catering situation. That being said, there’s no need to be super regimented. If you want the canapés, go for it! We do far more damage to ourselves feeling guilty about the foods we are eating, than actually eating the food itself.
Listen to your body and what it wants. If that’s pizza and a cocktail, enjoy every mouthful.
Read our blog on a balanced approach to drinking and eating here.